I must admit, I did not taste cheddar cheese until I arrived in the United States at the age of 34. It is the most widely purchased and eaten cheese in the world. Cheddar cheese is made from cow’s milk, and unfortunately, any cheese producing company can call their cheese “cheddar,” as it is not protected (like other cheese names or brands).
Cheddar is a hard and natural cheese that is slightly crumbly in texture if properly cured, and smooth if it’s young. It develops a sharper taste as it matures between 9 and 24 months. I do not use cheddar cheese very often, but my children do like it in their frittatas (like my Potato and Herb Frittata).
Look for a cheddar with only milk, cultures, enzymes and salt. Aged or sharp cheddar has a more intense flavor. Always opt for a block, which is typically less expensive and has less additives and preservatives than packaged shredded cheese.